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Author: Law Officer

A Pursuit Tragedy

During the quest to apprehend criminals, at times innocent people are severely or fatally injured even when police officers act in accordance with departmental policy and training standards. This is no less true when officers pursue a felon, and they must constantly evaluate the risks of injury and damage to property versus the need to apprehend.

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Avoid Power-Pointlessness

Here's a riddle for you: What's the difference between Microsoft PowerPoint and a sledgehammer? One is a versatile tool you can use to totally destroy things and smash apart complicated constructs, and also to build bridges and construct complicated structures. The other is just a big hammer.

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No Patience for No-Loads

Dear Bullethead:

Recently I got assigned to a new shift and my supervisor is driving me nuts over my report writing. I never really had problems before, but to hear this guy, you’d think I didn’t make it past the third grade. Sure, I misspell some words, and sometimes I could be a little more detailed, but I think he’s being unreasonable. He’s even trying to get me to do follow-up, such as witness checks or suspect interviews. Isn’t that the detective’s job?

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Dialing for Evidence

It’s 0-dark-30 HRS and your team is gearing up to hit the five locations listed on your search warrant. Your search-warrant check list includes computers, CDs, flash-storage media, business documents and, now, mobile phones. Evidence collection has just gotten harder.

It wasn’t too long ago when a mobile phone, the Motorola Dyna Tac, cost $3,995 and was aptly referred to as “the brick.” Now it seems everyone owns a mobile phone, from Grandma to 7-year-olds using Wherify’s GPS-integrated phone.

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Less Lethal, Not Less Responsible

The relationship between police and the members of society is built on a degree of trust, and the authority given cops is an extension of that trust. When abuses of power exist, whether real or perceived, society reacts by restricting the level of authority given to cops. This may take the form of court decisions, funding limitations or increased scrutiny of police actions.

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